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Tue, June 25 - 8pm - $10
Anything is Everything is the brainchild of Sam Mago, a young songwriter who grew up just outside of Chicago. His debut EP "things i wrote when you thought i was drunk," uses hefty guitar tones and explosive drums to capture a snapshot of the world around us and how it makes us feel helpless sometimes. Tune in, turn up, and drown out the noise around you.
Lunar Hotel are Chicago's favorite heartslobs. An energetic indie rock band with big hearts. Their debut LP "Day Songs // Night Songs," recorded with an Emmy-nominated producer, features dreamy guitars, booming drums, and Midwestern malaise.
Chicago has a brand new band - Sunblood, an explosive post-punk and psych-rock 4-piece readying the release of their first 9 song album later this year. Steeped in influences from The Stooges and The Pixies, to something like early Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips, Sunblood take the rock tradition of the last 6 decades, blow it up, and put it back together again.
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Wed, Jun 26 - 8pm - $12
Jerry Joseph will release Full Metal Burqa (Cavity Search Records) on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive on April 21. In addition to Joseph, the 5-song album features his band, the Jackmormons, Steve Drizos on drums and Steven James Wright on bass.In 2014, Jerry Joseph traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to teach music in an underground, co-ed, rock school. On the streets and in the markets of the capital city, the iconic blue burqa and its diamond-shaped mesh veil, synonymous with Taliban-era Afghanistan, is still a commonplace sight. It had a lasting impression on Joseph, and inspired the title and artwork of his forthcoming new album, Full Metal Burqa.Joseph describes, Full Metal Burqa as a record of outtakes, but not in the usual use of the word. “I hate that it conjures up ‘less than’ and these are not that. With the exception of ‘Peace Lights,’ these were recorded at TRI Studios with the Jackmormons and friends with Dave Schools producing. We loved them, they just didn’t fucking fit. We are very pleased they are coming out now.”The album was inspired by experiences of traveling the world, with songs written and inspired by different countries and cultures. Two were written in Kabul. “When I was in Afghanistan, writing many of the songs that ended up on By the Time Your Rocket Gets to Mars, I was trying to stay away from ‘war songs’ as God knows that’s the last thing anyone in that city needs. The one ‘war song’ that made it in the record, ‘Brother Number 1,’ was about war zones I’d recently been in, other than Afghanistan. A couple of these songs were left off the record because of the subject matter or because Jackmormons’ songs tend to run a million minutes long.”“Peacocks and Blackhawks” were one of those songs. As Joseph explains, “You wake up in Kabul to three sounds, first the call to prayer at 4:00am. I happened to be staying right next to a mosque and though it’s one of my favorite sounds on earth, it was really fucking loud, so it wakes up the peacocks. Peacocks have a loud, and in my opinion, less than beautiful cry. About 5 min after the peacocks, it’s the American Blackhawks and Chinook, which are also very loud, very invasive and frankly a reminder that your country is indeed at war and the Americans own the skies. Before that it was the Russians, someday it will be the Chinese. Good Morning Kabul indeed.”“Chicken Street” was the other song inspired by Kabul. “Chicken Street is the shakedown street of Kabul. The streets are named after stuff you could buy there, so there is, I’m sure, a Burqa street. We used to walk down Tank Street (we couldn’t buy a tank) to get to Chicken Street, it’s Kabul mojo madness center, including the boys with the swinging cans of hot coals asking for money. Plus all the horrific war wounded asking for alms, and carpets and snow leopard furs and old Russian military surplus and amazing food and of course AFC, Afghan Fried Chicken. And somewhat randomly, a few women asking for money in their – sorry – full metal burqas. Amazing beautiful place.”The first track, “Power Out” was written several years ago in the Dominican Republic after Joseph and his wife had an emergency landing at JFK. Joseph recounts, “The northwest corner of the DR is a place that means a lot to me, I wrote a lot of songs there. This recording got the Larry Crane Jackpot Studios dub treatment. After all my early years of being in a reggae band, I kept pushing for the 15 min version and the extended Scotty Van Schoick trombone solo. This could have been its own release with a dub B side as far as I’m concerned.”“Craters of the Moon” is an homage to Joseph’s mentor, Jim Blumenthal. “I was with the band in Drumlish, Ireland when I heard my spiritual mentor and friend, Jim Blumenthal, had passed. As a doctoral Tibetan Buddhist, he had recently been sending me photos of the passing of his teacher, a 94 year old lama, who quit breathing on day 1 and 7 days later rigamortis had set in. Deep meditation to be sure. I got the call about Jim and wrote the song in my head on a run through the October County Longford countryside, came back to the studio and my band whipped it into shape in minutes. Sad Irish songs write themselves apparently. Jim was one of the most purely beautiful humans I have known.”Lastly, “Peace Lights” was supposed to be commission for a Lebanese woman Joseph knows in NYC who was doing a peace gathering in Union Square. He wrote the song with Steve Drizos in Steve’s studio. Steve recorded it with some Decemberists and Kris Delane and they all thought it was awesome. The woman’s son said it didn’t sound enough like the Black Eyed Peas. So here it is.
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Thu, Jun 27 - 8pm - $20
TRIBU BAHARÚ is an afro-champeta music crew from theColombian caribbean coast, that is influenced by the "Picó" (Pick Up or soundsystem) culture. A Local Culture present in most Caribbean countries, with ahistory of more than 6 decades, especially in Cartagena and Barranquilla. Theyplay "live" without loosing the particular performance and sound of the "soundsystem" as lived in the "Verbena" dances (dance parties set up in the neighborhoods during bank holidays). Those parties generate an emotional sensation inthe dancers that is called "Goce Champetúo" with the music that was brought bythe Afrikan communities to America. TRIBU BAHARÚ was founded in 2009,when a group of friends with Afro-Caribbean affinity start to meet in Bogota. Outof these meetings was born Tribu Baharu. Now Tribu Baharú has become one ofthe main exponents of Champeta music in the Colombian Capital and is ready totake the crazy Champeta abroad.It's been denigrated and damned,boycotted and banned, but it cannever be stopped: champeta, theever evolving, high-energy hybrid ofColombian, African and Afro-Caribbean styles just keeps on coming.And leading a new charge are TribuBaharú, barrelling out of Bogotá,championing their version of champeta, inspired by the legendary,street-shaking Picó sound-systems of Colombia's Caribbean coast, but here played all-live-onstage with sparkling Congolese guitardriven by high-speed bass and drums and the all-animating upfront singers. Tribu Baharú is part ofa wave of Nuevas Músicas Colombianas based in the capital city that are reestablishing it as a primeforce and adding more ingredients to the recipe. TRIBU BAHARÚ's main objective is to convey the joy of being Afro-Colombian and Caribbean through exuberant dance using music asa vehicle. Tribu Baharú contributes to change the negative colective imagery of the Champeta Culture by transmitting positive messages through their music thanks to their philosophy of life “ La Bacaneria” (good vibes). They are embassadors of the good will around thispopular culture that comes from the marginal neighbohoods of the caribbean coast.
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Fri, Jun 28 - 9pm - $10
The Sinclair Express is a Chicago-based alternative blues rock trio that proudly holds its roots in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Formerly a band known as Fox–consisting of Chris Sinclair, John Lawrence, and Carman Goodrich–wild stage antics and rippin' guitar work were to be expected. The band released one full-length album–Souvenirs, Novelties, Party Tricks. Recorded over the course of two years and released along with two music videos, it laid the foundation for what was to come. In the summer of 2018, Chris and John decided to rename the project and hit up an entirely new and different scene--Chicago. Picking up Mark Knapp along the way helped to fill out the band. During a typical live show, both Chris and John will switch between the guitar and drums, keeping the set fresh in terms of both music and performance.
David Hayes himself might tell you that his true growth as a performer and songwriter has come from places and people outside himself. He's that rare performer where referring to his sound as a constant work-in-progress isn't a detriment, but a selling point.This year, Hayes is back with The Attic, a wildly-eclectic batch of sonic wizardry and emotional highs.
Matt Mercado and The Sonic Palace Band are rocking the tunes from Mindbomb, Pivotman, Supermercado, Cosmic Fury and more!Matt Mercado has had a long and successful career in the music business. He first gained national attention fronting the‘90s hard rock band Mindbomb. The band was signed to Mercury Records and toured the world with megastars KISS, Rob Halford, Jackyl and Mötley Crüe and their songs were featured in the major motion pictures, Kalifornia and Cliffhanger. Post Mindbomb, Mercado formed the electro/metal rock band Pivot Man. After that band had its own successful run, Mercado formed Supermercado whose song “Ditch Kitty” appeared on the gold-selling video game soundtrack to “FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage”. His career has extended to stages across the world and to every part of the recording studio. His latest project, Sonic Palace Band, is a culmination of his technical and musical experience as well as the continued relationships he has with the musicians he’s worked with in the past. The band, named after Mercado’s Sonic Palace recording studio, is an extension of the studio itself and features long-time players in the Chicago area metal and hard rock scene. The Sonic Palace Band was designed for the studio. That’s where it thrives with no constraints, no boundaries and no rules about what musical styles its members will follow. Mercado turned to the talents of past bandmates; drummer, ‘’Vulgar” Vic Pedraza, guitarist/vocalist, Joe Torossian and bassist, Jim Kramer, to fill out the quartet. All are veterans of Chicago’s hard rock music scene. With so much talent, experience and technical skill in the room, it’s hard not to imagine their first single,“Sasquatch” capturing the ears of music fans young and old. The song was recorded at Sonic Palace, of course, and perfectly displays the great songwriting, musicianship and recording skill of everyone involved. In addition to Mercado’s achievements, the other members of SPB have long and accomplished résumés as well. Pedraza has been a part of the local music scene around Chicago since the mid1980s. In addition to Pivot Man, he has performed with City Heat, Suicide Bride, Metalmorphis and D-Connect. Torossian is a local songwriter and versatile guitarist who has played with Messenger, The Wild and FOS, as well as Pivot Man. Jim Kramer is a songwriter and classically trained musician who has lent his talents to local acts Bunker Hill, SIIN, Extremely Angry Youth, Punch n' Judy, to name but a few. Recording under the name Nohtimo Epok, Kramer recorded his first single "I Get Drunk" at Sonic Palace Studios. Mercado founded Sonic Palace in 2003 as be a comfortable, imaginative, and professional facility that was open to artists working in all genres. In particular, the studio has helped boost the city’s burgeoning rap scene by recording and promoting rappers such as Famous Dex, who went on to sign with Rich Forever Records, and Katie Got Bandz, who is best known for her smash hit “Make Me Rich” featuring Jeremih and Chi Hoover.
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Sat, Jun 29 - 9pm - $10
El Mañana is a Mexican/American band formed in Mexico City in 2009. The band consists of Fernando de Buen (guitar/vocals), Ben Geissel (drums), and Charlie Manion (bass guitar). El Mañana has released two albums (El Mañana and Muertos) with Mexico City labels Discos Cuchillo and Fanclub Records. After a 5-year hiatus, the band reformed in Chicago.
Snake Season is a Chicago indie folk/punk/pop band that unexpectedly manages to meld disparate rock, beach, and metal influences into concise, engaging, pop melodies. Lead singer Ryka Ohana's ukulele provides a gentle rhythmic pulse, while bassist Taylor Cook, formerly of Iowa City punk band Johnny Has the Keys, brings, at times, a hint of foreboding to his low-end work. Drummer Ethan Joseph, of post-punk band The Joseph Twins, injects a virtuosic energy into the songs which guitarist Peter Neumer, former member of Chicago alt-rock band Menacerno, complements with tasteful, subtle fretwork.
Caroline Lucius is an emerging singer-songwriter born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her unique narrative style and intuitive lyricism engages her audiences as she invites them along an insightful, honest set. Amidst pop-rock melodies, her lyrics evoke a sense of nostalgia in even the least sentimental. Described as a “timeless wonderment” by her close friends, her midwestern roots and revelatory truth-telling foster connection to her audience as they cultivate a better connection to themselves. Her style has been compared to the likes of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, while her co-writing brother's (Schaeffer Lucius) guitar and musical composition derives from influences such as The Smiths and The Beatles.
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Fri, Jul 5 - 9pm - $15
The Lotus Kings feature 7-time Grammy winner Paul Wertico, Steven Kikoen, & Cecy Santana. The Lotus Kings is truly a labor of love for Deacon Blues founder and guitarist Steven Kikoen. Being one of his earliest influences, Kikoen’s discovery of Carlos Santana in his teens changed the path of his musical direction dramatically. With such a strong connection to the sound, the sustain, and the phrasing of Santana’s work, fused with the innovative joining of Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms to rock, funk, and later jazz–the stage was set for the future award-winning guitarist, music educator and impresario. Today, a quantum leap later and after the success of Deacon Productions’ first two All-Star bands (Deacon Blues: The All-Star Grammy® Tribute to Steely Dan and BIG SUIT: An All-Star Tribute To Talking Heads) Kikoen has returned to his earliest roots and rediscovered Santana while reinventing his music–not unlike what Clive Davis did for Maestro Santana back in 1999 with Supernatural. Taking a cue from Davis, and in the true ‘Deacon’ form of using only the leading, preeminent musicians Chicago has to offer, Kikoen’s aim was to create an All-Star tribute devoted to honoring the copious and prolific Santana repertoire–while capturing the innate mystique and the unique vibe of adding a Brazilian take to the Santana experience. The All-Star Lotus Kings collective includes guitarist Steven Kikoen (Deacon Blues, BIG SUIT, River North Allstars, The Deacons); Brazilian vocalist Cecy Santana (Cecy Santana Band); master congero Joe Rendon (Chevere, Joe Rendon & Friends); virtuoso keyboardist Ben Lewis (Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band), Iconic bassists Richard Patterson (Miles Davis, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald); Chuck Webb (Deacon Blues, Al Di Meola, Aretha Franklin), and Wally Hustin (Deacon Blues, Dave Mason, Phoebe Snow, Mike Stern); 7-time Grammy winning drummer Paul Wertico (Deacon Blues, Pat Metheny Group, Wertico, Cain, & Grey) and drummer Ben ‘Jammin’ Johnson; premier timbalero Jaime Claudio, and award-winning percussionist Janet Cramer. Musical Direction and Vision by Steven Kikoen & Joe Rendon. The Lotus Kings have their debut original album OBRIGADA set for a 2019 Release. As Carlos would say …“Be Ready to Rearrange the Molecules with The Light”… as The Lotus Kings prepare to transport you into the mystical and magical world of SANTANA. In the words of another famous band …“A Splendid Time is Guaranteed for All!”
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Sat, Jul 6 - 9pm - $10
John Mead's last First Monday at Martyrs will present the Soul Avengers--Alton Smith, Bill Brickey, Chris Greene, Gros Ngolle Pokossi, Jack Cassidy, John Mead, Lenny Marsh, and Steve Dawson--playing classic soul so you can ease your minds and shake your asses. Tonight John Gutierrez will sub for Jack on trumpet. Don't miss it.
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Mon, Jul 8 - 8pm - $7
The Last Word Quintet is a melding of some of Chicago's finest word and music artist into an experimental combo consisting of vocalist/songwriter Al Day; performance poet / slam creator Marc Kelly Smith; pianist/songwriter/composer Bob Long; saxophonist Brian Gephart, whose talent as composer, arranger, and performer has lit up stages from New York to Monterrey; and Pulitzer nominated bassist/composer Doug Lofstrom -- all together creating a mix music, lyrics, digressions, and poetry that goes become spoken word into a new realm.
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Tue, Jul 9 - 8pm - $12
Nebraska natives, The Wildwoods, a duo band & five piece band from Lincoln, NE, bring a pioneering sound to Americana Roots Music. Formed in 2012, The Wildwoods released their first album, “A Little Sweeter”, in 2014 and have since released two more albums independently: “Take A Chance” (2016) and “Sweet Nostalgia” (2017). The two lead vocalists of the group, Noah and Chloe Gose, also released a Duo EP titled “Birdie and Goose” in late 2017. In April of 2019, The Wildwoods will release their newest album “Across A Midwest Sky.” Following the successful release of their album “Sweet Nostalgia” the Wildwoods have opened for touring bands such as Elephant Revival, The Accidentals, and Jamie Wyatt. They continue to tour regionally throughout the Midwest and Mountain States. The group was nominated in 2016, 2017 & 2018 by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards as one of the top Americana Folk Bands in the area, and in 2017 as Local Album of the year for their album “Sweet Nostalgia”. In December 2017, they performed live as part of the Paste Music & Daytrotter Sessions. The Wildwoods also prove to be talented songwriters in 2017, The Wildwood’s song “Way of Train”, made the semi-finals in the International Songwriting competition along with “Dance with Me” in 2016. Two of their songs also placed in the top 10 of the 2015 Omaha Performing Arts Songwriting Competition.
An acoustic duo emerging from their roots in the Midwest, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie approach music with reverence to moment, regard for the past and exploration of the future. From the heartland to the coasts MMCM engages audiences with honest songs expressed in harmonically-rich layers of voices and strings. Both songwriters and multi-instrumentalists with their own perspective, they write independently and collaboratively, complementing and contrasting each other’s creative voice. MMCM is currently touring and in the final stages of production on their first album, set to be released in late 2019. The first track off of MMCM's upcoming debut album was released on April 5th, 2019. Showcasing seamless harmonies and intricate songwriting, the single “Holding On” is both poetic and timeless. MMCM’s music holds with equal weight hard moments of human experience and the hope of overcoming them. They make songs to pause and listen to, inviting listeners to embrace gifts given in the present.
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Wed, Jul 10 - 8:30pm - $10
GREENLIGHTS Music began as a a Chicago-based collaboration of many great artists. It is spear-headed by Andrés Roldán aka RP (emcee/producer/engineer). The music that defines GREENLIGHTS is experimental and innovative, but it never loses sight of its traditional hiphop funk and soul roots from which it derives. GREENLIGHTS represents a culmination of like-minded alternative conscious Hiphop emcees and Soul singers brought up in Chicago, otherwise known as the Go! Lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into crafting all the lyrics, concepts, beats, recording, mixing, mastering, and artwork for this music. GREENLIGHTS music is dynamic, beautiful, ever changing, and abstract. They embrace themes emphasizing family, creativity, community, hiphop culture, and the beauty of life and it's challenges. GREENLIGHTS Music is reminiscent of “Golden Era Hiphop” or the 90s conscious hiphop movement ie TCQ, DeLaSoul, Digable Planets. But also progressive and alternative with similarities to Lupe Fiasco, People Under The Stairs, and Little Dragon.Greenlights Music family is: RP, Amanu, CasaGrown, Willow Wells, Abitight, Two Moons, Joe Goodkin, Cary Kanno, Jake Samson, André Lempera, and many more immensely talented musicians, artists, and performers!!
Morgan Gold is Chicago’s newest pop/R&B artist, bringing a cinematic new take on the pop genre. After officially starting her career one year ago, Morgan has already gained nearly 3,000 new Spotify listeners. In early May, she released her EP, “I’ve Seen Enough, I Know What It Does”. The EP has been praised by Chicago Now and Aupium Magazine, complimenting the refreshing sound, describing it as “nocturnal R&B”. She’s been making her way through multiple Chicago venues this year, such as the Metro, Subterranean, and Throne Room. Her sound creates an enriching, alluring atmosphere. Through her unique storytelling and a powerful vocals, she delivers a refreshing listening experience. Her live performances are an experience that audience members have called “engaging and captivating”.
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Thu, Jul 11 - 8:30pm - $10
Daniel Cronson is a Chicago artist who blends blues guitar, soul elements and RnB rhythms into his own personal brand of Blue Eyed Soul. He has been independently releasing music since 2016, his first collection of self released music being “Say it Softly”. In 2018 he released his first studio album, Easy D. In 2019 his single “Grand Visions” featuring local artist Kehinde reached #10 on Chicago’s Top 40 BDS HitsYouLove. Daniel continues to build a reputation as an excellent performer and musician in the Chicago-land area. Daniel has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with great artists such as 3x Grammy Nominated Chicago Bluesman, Billy Branch, Ebony Taylor and more. Daniel continues to locally tour and release music independently.
CQMD is a funk band from France making their American debut! "This band has a mighty swing" David Byrne.
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Fri, Jul 12 - 9pm - $15
EGI (Ethereal Groove, Inc.) is an experimental funk group with a young and energetic spirit and feel. They pushe the limits of improvisation, writing and energy rich shows. The band displays great versatility and a progressive appreciation for many genres. Experimentation is the main forte, the band has always had a very level headed feel to writing which allows everyone to incorporate their ideas without hesitation. Young and driven, EGI is breaking musical ground with every turn.
In between the dimensional fingers of time and space lives a being with unlimited astroillogical funktelligence. His name is Groovy Louie. His only purpose is to spread the funk so all beings have the ability to survive. During Groovy's endless quest he has recruited a group of modern funk disciples to aid in his objective. A group he admirably refers to as the Time Capsules. Together, Groovy Louie & the Time Capsules have signed their souls to the Intergalactic Mothers of Funk, promising to preserve life by juicing the funk out of every corner of the unknown universe.
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Sat, Jul 13 - 10:30pm - $20adv/$25door
D’Lux was founded on January 5, 2005, a Haitian Chicago based band with a mission to bring people together through konpa music. D'Lux Mizik has done just that for the past 13 years and continues to bring people together locally and internationally. D'Lux Mizik has toured and played live in various Venues in the Midwest such as: Millennium Park outdoor concerts in Chicago, Washington Park annual Festival, ABC7 television, New York, World Creole festival in Dominica and in Haiti. D'lux Mizik also performs live on a regular basis in Chicago. D'Lux Mizik has achieved massive success through the release of its two studio albums, titled Tap Pa Dap and Problem Pap Fini. As you can see, D’lux Mizik is a rapidly growing group of talented musicians. The band has seen rapid growth in their fan base, and attracts a great crowd at every performance. D’lux Mizik attracts people of all ages.
A group of talented and ambitious young musicians have jumped into this big adventure consisting in seducing music lovers with the rhythm of pure Compa music played by Flash Music.Their hard and consistent work has put them at the top of their community as evidenced by their achievement of the past 7 years. The release of their album ‘Succès’ has made them the best group of the moment giving them the opportunity to present spectacular performances and choreographies. In 2014 Flash music was named the great revelation of the year in the Mizik Kreyol festival of Montreal. In 2016 it won a competition that was highlighting similar musical groups.In the beginning of 2019, Flash music was invited in Martinique where, in three performances, it conquered the hearts of the islanders with its professionalism. That was an undeniable success that gave Flash Mizik the title of number one of Canada.Put us to the test and you will be more than satisfied.
Jhemson Jocelyn, better known by his stage name as Bg Chiwilibibi is a young talented Haitian singer, producer and songwriter known for creating numerous hits for bands, different artists and as a solo artist. Born in 1990 in les Cayes, Haiti. Bg Chiwilibibi debuted his Career on stage with mélomane band in 2012, where He wrote his first carnival song and was awarded a carnival float that year. Five months later four other musicians and him went on to create a band named Star Plus. That did not last because Bg was called by G7 band in 2013, a band at that moment , every singer wanted to be a part of. He wrote three carnivals for them and a hit song titled “Pouvoir lanmou”. In 2016 his career really took of with Nubel where he lasted four years before finding success as a solo artist with his hit single “obéyi lanmou” that he released in 2018. In November of 2018, Bg joined D’Lux Mizik as the lead singer, songwriter for the group. He wrote two hit singles title ou “Mechan” which is vidéoclip and “Mwen livrem” two songs that have a lot of positive feedback from fans, social media’s, radios and TV worldwide. Both singles can be found on YouTube. He is now producing an album for D’Lux that will come out later this year. Bg also wrote two singles “apran padone” and “Pa banm do” for Flash Mizik, Canada where he is featuring in both songs and video. Bg is a beast on stage. He moves his audience in a way that no one else can. He is a energetic young artist who keeps on proving himself in this industry. He has a bright future ahead of him.
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Sun, Jul 14 - 8pm - $20
The Bazurto All Stars have their own unique sound which comes from the mixing of Champeta Africana, folkloric and electronic music with cumbia, vallenato, reggae, ska and even symphonic music. They have dubbed this fusion La Champeta Universal or “Universal Champeta” which has allowed champeta to cross social, cultural, and language barriers to evolve and adapt to a variety of musical styles. The result has been a string of hits like LA MANGUERA, EL BOLOLO, ME FALLA EL WIFI, LA REINA DEL BAILE, & LA PUPILETA. This last song broke all of the rules and expectations within the genre and reached markets that more traditional champeta had never entered becoming the official song of the Carnaval of Barranquilla (the largest after Rio) in 2016 and becoming one of the most recognized songs within Colombia in 2016 and 2017. Since 2009, the band’s music tells the story of daily life in the working class neighborhoods in the heart of Cartagena, EL MERCADO DE BAZURTO or THE BAZURTO MAKET, the epicenter of the colors, sounds, and sounds of Africa and the Carribean. Known as the “Maquina de la Sabrosura Pura” or “Pure Party Machine” and the best champeta band in Colombia, these 7 musicians have an unrivaled stage show within the Colombian musical scene. Their show is explosive, full of energy and dancing that hooks the public from the first note.They were awarded the prestigious Congo de Oro from the Carnaval de Barranquilla on three occasions in 2016, 2018, and 2019. They also won the Premio Shock in 2016. Several of their songs hit #1 on the top radio stations in Colombia. They collaborated with top artists Peter Manjarrés, Kvrass, and Wilfran Castillo on the songs “CARNAVAL DE AMOR, LA MUCHACHITA, & EL REMIX DE LA BORRACHERA”. They also performed alongside the symphonic group LA SINFONICA DE BOLIVAR with the first CHAMPETA SINFONICA, a special production called “A Mi Manera” that toured nationally.
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Mon, Jul 15 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Tue, Jul 16 - 8pm - $10
In early 2017 a few long time musical collaborators decided to throw former opera singer Claire Feeney into the front seat of a rock band. Her versatility along with lead guitarist John Szymanski's technical mastery allow the band to defy genre. Their live shows weave vocals and guitars through influences that include 70s arena rock, pop punk, Stax soul, feminist folk, and southern gothic country.
Quiet Cove is an indie rock duo consisting of Matt Austin (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Michael Barrera (drums). They formed over two years ago, blending hip-hop and punk influenced drums with indie rock guitar riffs and synth leads to create a unique, and often varied, sound. They released their debut self-titled EP in March 2018, and are currently working on recording new music DIY while playing shows in the Chicago area.
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Wed, Jul 17 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini.
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Thu, Jul 18 - 9pm - $10adv/$12door
Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine. Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’” “Stickley is a super-resourceful acoustic guitarist who uses the instrument in many surprising ways and whose timing is just flawless. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruett puts deep thought into her flowing solos, plus she adds little flourishes and sudden stops that elevate the music,” proclaims Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst. With inspiration ranging from from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound. Along with releasing two full length albums and one EP in the past few years, the Trio has zig-zagged the nation, playing over 120 dates in 2017 alone. They are road tested and band geek approved! “In a time when a lot of instrumental music feels more like math than art, Jon Stickley Trio reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music,” says Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.
Feed the Dog is an eclectic and action-packed, jam-rock-grass act. The Wisconsin based 4-piece has masterfully blends soul-pleasing songwriting rich in imagery and storytelling with a genre bending, shake-your-hips, instrumental flair. Their high energy performances are driven by the unique and progressive approach of each player: imaginative melodies with graceful ambiance skillfully crafted on the violin, tireless beats both dynamic and soulful confidently assembled on the drums, driving low end with finesse and intention forged on the bass guitar, and unique approach to playing the acoustic guitar blending nimble Kottke-like finger picking with the strength of blues and rock to evoke an emotional contrast between melancholy and hopeful. The band started in July of 2015 and has been relentless playing festivals, theaters, and clubs alongside regional and national touring acts. Freshmen album "Sheep" out now. Sophomore album "Tenderloin" recorded at Hyde Street Studios in SF, CA March 2018, released August of 2018.
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Fri, Jul 19 - 8pm - $12
The Why Store was formed in the late 1980s in Muncie, Indiana. Lead Singer Chris Shaffer, also a Ball State student, joined the band after a few months and they played a few gigs as Emerald City. That same year, the band switched to its present name, The Why Store, the name of a former Muncie haberdashery.In 1993, the band independently recorded Welcome to the Why Store. One year later the band recorded Inside the Why Store. Both albums were locally successful, and The Why Store began getting attention from record labels. In 1995, The Why Store signed to MCA’s subsidiary Way Cool Music for their first major-label effort, a self-titled LP, which was released in 1996.Their major label debut on MCA Records spawned several hits. The first single, "Lack Of Water", was a #1 hit on Triple-A Radio; the band performed "Surround Me" on Late Night with Conan O’ Brien and saw their video for "Father" receive rotation on MTV2 and VH1. The Why Store was a Top 20 album for 1996 and went on to sell 200,000 copies.The Why Store split up in 2000 citing creative differences, though each member has continued onto different projects, most notably Shaffer who has recorded several solo disks as well as recording with his first post-Why Store band, Shaffer Street.Some of the artists they shared the stage with include John Mellencamp, The Clarks, Sonia Dada, The Tragically Hip, Widespread Panic, Eddie Money, Foreigner, Kansas, Train, Cowboy Mouth, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Violent Femmes, Vertical Horizon, Pat Travers, George Clinton, Cracker, Incubus, Hoobastank, Mickey Hart Band, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, The Bodeans, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Ben Harper, The Samples and Collective Soul.In 2007, Shaffer has reincarnated The Why Store and is poised to break back into the scene with an exiting new album called VIM. Produced by Rusty Anderson, Paul McCartney’s long time guitarist, VIM showcases Chris’s passionate songwriting and refreshingly edgy vocal ability. “It was a magical experience, definitely the best thing I’ve ever done,” says Shaffer. The Why Store is open for business…
Charleston based singer songwriter, Sam Rae brings her classical roots on the cello into a unique blend with folk-rock. Currently a cellist for Brandi Carlile, she has also collaborated and toured with Elephant Revival, Gregory Alan Isakov and Rise Against. Sam Rae’s music tells stories of her spacious upbringing in Iowa mixed with her experiences as a queer, gender fluid creative. With roots in improvised cello looping she blends the traditional landscape of songwriting with the many musical textures of the cello, guitar and her vocals. She will be releasing her next full length album fall 2019.
Chicago based queer singer-songwriter and philosopher, Taylor Rogers blends soundscapes of vocal layering, rhythmic guitar, and electronic texturing to create emotional terrain that both challenges and comforts its listeners. Her third full-length album project NOA is to be released this September, funded by Northwestern's CIRA grant. Taylor has toured all over the US, and performed in various Midwest festivals such as Oberlin FolkFest ad BAMfest.
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Sat, Jul 20 -8pm - $12
What do a madman drummer, sophisticate bassist, smarmy singer/rhythm guitarist, and a fresh-off-the-turnip truck singer/lead guitarist have in common? Nothing. Except they are all in The Sheaks. We sell rock. The New Alternative revolution has started. Join us.
Chicago woke up one day and found that Ladrone drank all its beer, smoked all its weed, wrecked its car, and stole it's girlfriend. To get revenge Chicago locked them in the upstairs bathroom at Liars Club for the last 20 years. Having finally escaped, Ladrone is back on the music scene, lean, mean and wonderin what happened? Where are all the Metalheads, Rockers and Punks? Where are all the Dirtbags, Skinheads and Goths? Wow... they're gone for a few years and the whole country looks like a Banana Republic ad. Ladrone aint havin it! So tell Chicago to watch its back and lock their doors! The boys are back in town!
Superbig is an alternative rock band based in Chicago, IL, consisting of lead singer/guitarist Jimmy Fountalas, drummer Daniel Hill, lead guitarist Rick Lyons, guitarist Patrick Senorski, violinist Heather Boehm, background vocalist Kate Catalina and internationally known bassist Chip Z’nuff. Since forming in 2007, the band has played some of Chicago’s most renowned stages, blasting out finely crafted bursts of crowd-pleasing rock n’ roll. Accompanied by the production of veteran Producer/Engineer Chris Steinmetz; Superbig meshes bright guitar riffs, soothing backing harmonies, driving drum beats, and powerful lead vocals to tell their story of “desperate living, failed relationships and obvious bad life choices”. Producer Chris Steinmetz says "Jim Fountalas has a voice that draws you in. His ability to please your ears while engaging you in the lyrics was apparent to me from the first listen. He truly brings his multi faceted background to each performance and leaves one wanting more.I am a big fan of his songwriting. He is an elusive wordsmith with the skills and ability to connect emotionally powerful Lyrics with colorful melodic phrases.”
The definition of Bric-a-Brac is miscellaneous curios. Bric-a-Brac, the band, embraces this definition by sharing a treasure trove of unknown, obscure songs with the world. The Bric-a-Brac repertoire spans rock, jazz, lounge, and movie soundtracks - expertly arranged with Bric-a-Brac's signature musty rumpus room aesthetic. Bric-a-Brac has been heard on NPR's This American Life, seen on Chic-a-Go-Go, and has performed at diverse venues and smoky saloons.
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Mon, Jul 22 - 8pm - $10
TV Pole Shine plays music that's hot to the touch, and spans the spectrum from lip-smacking to head-scratching. When people ask about genre, we say "Spasm Funk" before blowing off our smoking gun hands and twirling them back into the holsters, ready to fire again. TV Pole Shine features two dating singers, a scowling bassist, a crooning drummer, an introverted percussionist, an occasionally grumpy bassoonist, a euphonium player who we're still getting to know, two saxophonists, a keyboardist with a great sense of humor, a guitarist who manages a pizza place for money, and a violinist who never comes to rehearsals. And Tony, who we'll never forget.
Vail is the ethereal art-pop work of Emily Kempf, with support from performance artists and dancers Caj Sorich and Cristina Schlesier. As VAIL, they channel their "truest mother father self" through electronic rhythms, interchanging hushed and howling vocals, and swirling synthesizers.
JACOB HORN TRIO describes themselves as "an ill-named narcissistic band from Chicago" We can't say much on their level of narcissism, since we do not judge EVER, but we can say we like the name. When one thinks horns, a vision of Kenny G's luxurious curls may appear in one's mind, wailing "Silent Night" aggressively on the sax.This is not that. JACOB HORN TRIO mixes horns with power-pop and creates the most joyous, impressively well-played sound to permeate your ears. It's not a question of if you want to dance or not, it just sorta...happens.
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Thu, Jul 25 - 8pm - $12
Brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese spent their youth running through the shifting sands of Warren Dunes State Park in Southwest Michigan. In Warren Dunes, their band with Julia Massey, they chart new realms of musical fantasy with contagious joy. Post-modern beach music from the Pacific Northwest, Welcome to Warren Dunes weaves threads of indie pop, art-rock, psych, and Tropicalia into a complex yet easy going whole. This is a record of nuance and bubbling ornament, where bold swaths of melodic primary color burst into neon-flecked clouds of sonic glitter as Massey’s arresting, crystalline voice soars overhead. Though Warren Dunes is a relatively new endeavor, its members’ lives have been steeped in music. Mom and Dad Cortese were the head of music at their church, touring the states’ conferences and retreats. “Music was just something I thought people did. Though, to be honest, my earliest memory of feeling like music was what I wanted to do for a living was watching the Saved by The Bell episode where the cast starts a band” laughs guitarist Jared. Julia began piano lessons after she figured out how to play “Go Tell It On The Mountain” by ear as an eight-year old. A prolific creative, Julia wrote and recorded her first solo record, Brains in Bubbles, as a college student in Colorado. At twenty-one she relocated to Brooklyn, NY and released her second LP Moons and Stars Convene. The following year she toured the southern United States in veggie-oil powered RV and filmed a documentary called The Break Free Project along the way. From 23 to 25 Julia lived in a National Forest in Colorado and wrote the record OUT. Following that release she headed west, and into the thriving art scene in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Julia placed a Craigslist ad for a bassist. The ad was answered by Andy Kingham, who also played in a band called The Jesus Rehab – featuring Jared and Dominic Cortese. A few weeks later and Dominic was the official drummer for the newly minted Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount. A few months after that, and Julia started dating the lead singer of The Jesus Rehab, Jared Cortese. They were married in 2012. Julia released a slate of critically-acclaimed records with Five Finger Discount, touring nationally behind each. The band released their final recording, Heart Tones, in 2017. Drawn together by their shared love of live performance, Julia and the Cortese brothers decided to form a true family band. The name came easily; “Warren Dunes is the place where we first really experienced wonder and raw inspiration” explains Dominic. That sense of wonder and inspiration pervades the music Julia, Jared, and Dominic make as Warren Dunes. They are happiest together on stage, moving and flowing as synchronous aspects of a greater whole. That grace and delight comes through in their recorded work, telegraphed transparently to the listener. A cohesive statement, unique yet instantly recognizable, Welcome to Warren Dunes slides seamlessly from delicate post-punk explorations to anthemic, sing-along pop built on a foundation of arena-worthy choruses. Self-assured yet free of bombast, Welcome to Warren Dunes is an art-pop dreamscape of unapologetic fun. Based on the belief that we can all be #smallbutmighty, Warren Dunes donates proceeds from live performances to a variety of charitable organizations. For more information, please visit the Beneficiaries page.
Although Edward & Graham have only been together for a few years, the songs they’ve created could only have been written through decades of separate experiences. They both hail from Chicago, but while Johnny Edward sang of heartbreak in the singer/songwriter circuit, Evan Graham honed his craft as a writer, producer, guitarist and front man of the touring metal act, Alaya. Where their two worlds collide is somewhere between haunting Alt-Country and unforgiving Pop Rock. While they set out to make noise in the Midwest, they began to buzz nationwide thanks to SiriusXM, where their song Rose Marie received heavy airplay. As they dropped their debut acoustic album, The Pilsen Sessions, listeners immediately engaged through familiar influences ranging from The Avett Brothers to Coldplay. Even though Edward & Graham started as an acoustic duo, they’ve rounded out their sound by adding multi-instrumentalist Keith Dunn (Graham’s brother) and drummer/producer Rob Bordignon (Win & Woo, Freak Island). With an exciting year of new music and live performances ahead, Edward & Graham plan to leave a lasting impact with songs that give all their influences the spotlight.
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Fri, Jul 26 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble was founded in Chicago in 2003 by guitarist Aaron Feder. In 2006 Aaron moved to Barcelona in search of a different sound for the AAbE. He quickly found a group of international members, from all continents of the globe. In a short time the band was reformed and headlined the Fiestizaje music and arts festival in 2008. The band then set about recording their first studio album, Toubab Soul which was released in 2010. Shortly afterwards, they released the remix album, Toubab Resouled, and opened the world music festival Cruilla de Cultures with Konono No 1. Toubab Soul met with positive reviews from different international publications, such as Afropop Worldwide, calling the album “as dark and intensely danceable as any African musical experience can be”, and DJ Floro declared the band the best representation of Afrobeat in the country. While their energetic live show was winning over audiences in Spain, their studio work was included in a compilation CD from Relix magazine, part of a world music compilation from TuneCore digital distributors, and used as the soundtrack for the first ever Nigerian-Spanish film, Super Zebraman. Their connection with the visual arts continued when they had music included in the television show Furgoaddictes, and they recorded the music for the national TV show Museo Coconut. At the same time the band also began their relationship with manager Javi Zarco (Ojos de Brujo, Peret), who is also a founder of the Afrobeat Project cultural association in Spain. Their music was also included on an Afrobeat compilation from Paris DJs and later in the compilation World Music from Catalonia. Their live shows continued to grow in intensity, and they hit the festival circuit, playing at ImaginaFunk with Ebo Taylor, and closing out the WOMAD Canary Islands festival in 2011. Fast forward to 2014, after two years of crossing the Iberian Peninsula and visiting the Canary and Balearic Islands on various occasions, they return to the studio to record their second album, Life No Get Dublicate. At the same time, the record label Slow Walk Music is formed, and AAbE is on board. The album is released at the beginning of 2014 and receives positive reviews from multiple international sources, with La Vanguardia newspaper saying the album is “worthy of Blue Note records”. The band is featured on PRI’s the World, and begins to expand outside of Spain. They are selected for the AA++ musical exchange with France, open the Mercé Festival in Barcelona for 10,000 people, return to a sold out show in the Canary Islands in the Umami Music and Arts Festival, and they are selected to tour Spain in the Girando Por Salas program. In November 2014, the band released a short animated film set to the song “Majority Whip”. In 2015 the band changes direction a bit, with singer Joe Psalmist, from Lagos, Nigeria joining the band for their winter/spring tour of the peninsula, Balearic Islands and even a trip to the African continent to play in Ceuta. Additionally, they return to the studios of Radio 3 for another nationally televised in studio concert. Joe’s soulful voice and inimitable stage presence brings the band to the next level. They spend winter recording a new album, and then spend the summer touring Spain and France once again, highlighted by multiple visits to Madrid in the Fiestas de San Isidro and the Festival de Cultura Inquieta, plus a return to Ibiza. Fall 2015 saw the release of their third studio album, It’s Time, combining brand new songs with brand new remixes as well. 2017 saw the band on their second North American tour as well as hitting up Berlin, London and France. In 2018 they returned to the USA for their third tour, as well as returning to France and headlining multiple festivals in Spain. Their fourth album, “Monkey See, Monkey Due” was released in Spain in October 2018, and in the rest of the world in March 2019. In November 2018 the band headlined and produced the festival “AlterAfrica” at the Fábrica i Coats arts center.
ÉSSO is the brainchild of Chicago born songwriter and producer Armando Pérez. He curated an inner city big band of rotating members which definitively unsealed an agile sound propelling them to perform for mutli-cultural concerts and festivals alongside Grammy winning artists.The group made a splash by invoking polystylistic enthusiasm from the uncompromising urban streets that birthed House music, as well as undeniably potent movements in hiphop, punk rock, and free jazz. Drawing on these raw influences, the Chicago based band effortlessly merge Chicano and Boricua roots music with Cuban son into a rhythmic sancocho filling dance floors and providing ample evidence of Chicago’s presence as a hotbed of diverse new music in the States.Their bilingual lyrics bring gusto to the socio-political conversation while adding context to inspired musical compositions and alluring beats. Swirling guitar, brass horns, spoken word and group singing add to their tropical funk outfit with a fearless focused spirit intact. ÉSSO’s foundational versatility has taken the band on tours across the US and into Mexico behind their critically acclaimed releases of original independent music online and on vinyl. This is the soundtrack of rebel streets remixed for the future by its outspoken immigrant youth.ÉSSO has performed for notable music festivals including: Redbull Music Xicago Festival, Ruido Fest, Chicago World Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, Clark Street Festival, South By Southwest (SXSW), Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (MX), Do Division, Pilsen Fest, Michelada Fest, Villapalooza and many more street celebrations across the US.They've shared the stage with: Cafe Tacvba, Natalia Lafourcade, Bomba Estereo, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, Kinky, Princess Nokia, as well as Songhoy Blues, La Santa Cecilia, Sonido Gallo Negro, Los Rakas, Chicha Libre, Saul Williams, Jeremy Sole, Jenny & the Mexicats, Gaby Moreno, Alice Russel, Euforquestra, Boogat and more.Live band members include: Armando Pérez (guitar/vocal), Kevin Miller (saxophone), Dan Lieber (drums/percussion), Ezra Lange (bass), Diana Mosquera (vocals), Jess Anzaldúa (percussion), Luis Tubens (vocals), Matthew Davis (trombone) and special guests.*** Their notable experience and active work in performing for grassroots community organizations and volunteer programs has helped raise awareness and vital funding for important after-school, immigrant justice, humanitarian, and fair housing programs across the US. Members spearhead free all-ages library programs for families, educational music presentations, and workshops focused on cultural recognition in music, poetry and the arts.
Seres de Luz is a Latin soul group that weaves together grooves from across the Latin diaspora. Drawing from the diverse musical and cultural backgrounds of its members, Seres de Luz brings worlds together on the Chicago scene. By combining traditional percussion with modern musical technology, Seres de Luz both looks backwards to traditional Latin rhythms and forwards to cultural exchange through sound. Their original music is influenced by the sounds of samba, forró, ska, dub, cumbia, chochi, funk, and jazz among others.
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Mon, Jul 29 - 8pm - $10
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Wed, Jul 31 - 8pm - $10
With a sound that floats seamlessly between rock, reggae, jazz, hip-hop [and] funk" (Live Music Daily), Natural Born Leaders aim to bring a fresh groove to America's soundscape. The Asheville, NC based quintet is comprised of charismatic frontman and lead vocalist Michael Martinez, keepers of the beat James Eddington (bass) and Kevin Murtha (drums), Rex Shaffer (guitar), and Ben Survant (saxophone).In June of 2018, Natural Born Leaders were among a handful of top submissions for NPR Music's Tiny Desk song competition. As a result, they were recognized by Weekend Edition's Scott Simon in a nationally syndicated feature interview. While this "big break" has helped propel the group forward, it is their consistent dedication to the grind that is proving fruitful. Monthly tour runs throughout the year and a steady growth of media appearances have made Natural Born Leaders a widespread crowd-favorite. With a magnetic beat and solid rhyme, it's hard not to groove along with every song.Following the enthusiastic reception of their debut EP, 'About Time', Natural Born Leaders are headed for the studio to lay down a handful of new tunes, slated for a grande reveal in the summer of 2019.
What do you get when you take 90s indie rock and temper it through Chicago’s harsh winters? Wildcat, that’s what. Tom Reeder, Alex Kisiel, Steve Watson, Conor Hibler, Mike Musto, and Stevan Vasich make up the Chicago-based sextet, delivering their powerful brand of 90s-influenced indie rock with reckless abandon. Formed in 2016, Wildcat has steadily grown from a two-man outfit playing one-off shows to a six-piece staple of the Chicago scene performing regularly. Known for their energetic and exciting live performances, their horn section sets them apart from the pack, creating rich harmonies that soar over the rest of the band. Wildcat is currently recording their debut EP Western, and will be releasing it in 2019. You can listen to their first single “Avalon” now.
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Wed, Aug 7 - 8pm - $12
Kick the Cat is Chicago's most highly acclaimed fusion ensemble. Since forming in 1996, the band has been wowing audiences with their high energy shows. Their compositions are grounded in the traditions of jazz, rock and funk and feature complex harmony, odd time signatures, and extended improvisations. The group's spontaneity and uncanny communication make each of their live performances a unique adventure in interactive music-making.
Dan Bitney works within avant-garde electronic, rock and improvisational groups, most notably Tortoise, Isotope 217 and Spectralina. LeRoy Bach is a Grammy-winning artist, former member of Wilco, and former member of the Black Monks of Mississippi with Theaster Gates. With their Roland 303 bass monster, Dan and LeRoy perform rockin, swingin, catchy tunes, backed up with plentiful improvisations.
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Thu, Aug 8 - 9pm - $12
Sun Beard started in late September '14 at 3AM, fireside with friends. My friend Jaik and I were jamming and ended up writing the first song of the album('Ain't Gonna Die'). In the space between the notes, we could hear that coyotes had come nearby and were starting to howl along with us. We also had this crazy long shooting star light up the sky directly above us. It was a sublime night. That vibe carried forward with a handful of recording sessions throughout the year at both Oxide Lounge and IV Lab Studios. The end result was a fun writing and recording project amongst friends. The album went on to be called, 'The Night'. A lot of great friends and family donated their time and creativity to these songs, and I'm so thankful for them and their generosity. Much love everyone! - Matt Robinson.
Arbor creek is a five-piece progressive psychedelic blues rock band from Joliet, IL. They have been made up of the current line-up for three years now, and have released one EP, Listen (2016), and one full-length LP, Arbor Creek (2018). The sound of the band is one that takes many forms and calls upon many different influences. With three years of shows under their belts, the band has acquired a very tight stage presence and ever-evolving live performance. The influences of the band come from all over the world and all over time. As near to home as Chicago’s Blues to as far abroad as the folk musics of Europe. Often times, the music can be comparable to ‘60s and ‘70s bands like Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers or Pink Floyd. Other times, elements of newer groups such as My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, White Denim, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Marcus King Band and Gov’t Mule all can be heard. Dueling electric guitars, soulful vocals, intricate keyboards and mandolin, tight and driving bass and ferocious drums all help to define Arbor Creek’s unique sound.
Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area who plays solo shows and with area musicians as a full band under the moniker Althea Grace Band. Althea’s music can best be described as in-your-face indie blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and rock featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Though not yet old enough to drive, Althea has been playing top festivals and venues in Chicago, The Midwest, and beyond for the last five years. In 2012, Althea won the McHenry County junior talent contest and has been featured numerous times in regional newspaper, radio, and TV outlets. Althea has opened for American Idol finalist Bucky Covington, has shared the stage with many top local and regional bands, and on many occasions with the multi-Grammy-winning band Los Lobos.
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Fri, Aug 9 - 8pm - $25 ($44 for both)
The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago with the world’s top drummers and an all-star band! Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more! Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others! Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling). You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end! Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET so that you can get in to the August 13 show with Dennis Chambers and Steve Smith! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp(www.drumfantasycamp.com). ________________________________________
Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more!
Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others!
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COMBO TICKET so that you can get in to the August 13 show with Dennis Chambers and Steve Smith! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).  ________________________________________

 

 

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Sat, Aug 10 - 9pm - $10
Broke Royals were recently crowned the "best band in DC." Over the last five years, they earned this title with their electrifying performances and signature blend of pop hooks and premium rock & roll. On their triumphant new album, Saint Luxury, Broke Royals are calling everything into question through the eyes of a runaway angel. The album's fictional heroine, Saint Luxury, leaves heaven, where they have all the answers, in pursuit of a life of questions, luxury, and champagne. She re-examines the bias in inheritance and seeks to find what questions we should be asking. Saint Luxury is the perfect saint for these modern times. After five years, this album stands out as Broke Royals' highest achievement. The album's first single, "Bad Chemicals," premiered in Billboard in November where the band was praise for their "arena-ready sound." Broke Royals have secured TV placements and they have had music videos shown in thousands of retail location including IKEA, Gold's Gym, Planet Fitness, Foot Locker, and many more. Broke Royals was not even supposed to be a band... In 2014, Colin Cross broke ground on his recording studio after years as a touring musician and he invited Philip Basnight, a solo folk singer, to record some demos in the new space. In their first sessions, the musical chemistry was palpable, but neither Cross nor Basnight predicted that their partnership was just beginning. Taimir Gore and Ben Wilson joined the group shortly thereafter. Basnight and Cross have honed a singular sound and toured the country. Seamlessly integrating traditional rock with new digital elements, the guitar-driven rock, pop hooks, and Cross’ infectious beats fuse gracefully with Basnight's lyrical narratives. Their songs tell stories about love and loss, hope and fear, and setbacks and perseverance. In this new chapter, Broke Royals use Saint Luxury to ask themselves tough questions about religion, politics, identity, and more. The result is an enthralling masterpiece of angelic rock & roll.
Molehill has been described by Jesse Menendez (WBEZ Chicago) as “combining elements of progressive rock with pop sensibilities and emotionally charged lyrics, this band delivers a symphonic listening experience.”In Spring 2018, two members of Molehill were hospitalized within 9 days of each other. First, drummer Devin Staples lost consciousness in the middle of Walgreen’s and was rushed to the ER and successfully treated for a blood clot in his lungs. One week later, lead singer Peter Manhart found himself in the ER with a broken elbow after colliding with an SUV on his bicycle. Both band members are fortunate to have mostly healed up since these incidents, but it was a scary time for the band.This is just symptomatic of the wild 8 year ride it’s been for this Chicago-based quartet that pride themselves on work ethic and grit. 2 months after these ER visits, the band flew to Brooklyn to record a new EP with Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Mark Ronson, Glasvegas).The Hostage EP is the next step in Molehill’s evolution. It retains the anthemic vocal melodies and dark thoughtful storytelling of the group’s origins while adding a new love of synth-heavy pop production. Molehill’s story is a group of guys on a journey, navigating egos and emotions and fears and insecurities to develop a process and sound that brings out the best of what they have to offer as a unit. After Manhart joined with drummer Devin Staples, bassist Trevor Jones, and keyboardist Greg Van Zuiden in 2010, alternative rock with funk and classical music influences was the focal point around which the group coalesced. After the guitar-heavy LP Equinox (2012), their next two EPs, Tin God (2015) and Hearts on Fire (2017), touched on a variety of styles, everywhere from rock anthems to a style best described as “west coast funk meets Gregorian Chant.” Also, over the years, they had all the ups and downs of being in an independent rock band – refining their songwriting process, van breakdowns, empty shows, packed shows, sleeping on basement floors and, through it all, sticking it out together.Molehill has toured across the U.S. and Canada performing at Summerfest, Canadian Music Week, and many other festivals and clubs. Their music has been featured on radio stations across the country, including 6 consecutive weeks on X1075 in Las Vegas, and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune (Front page of A+E section), AltPress, IndieShuffle, and others.Hostage is a place for the band to take a breath and share something with the world. It’s a new step in the band’s journey, one new step of many.The Hostage EP will be released as a series of singles beginning on February 1st, 2019.
The King of Mars (TKOM) is based out of Chicago, and has been performing shows at many popular Chicago venues such as The Subterranean, The House of Blues, Martyrs', Beat Kitchen, and Metro. They recently released their EP, “Cookie Cutter Dreams” and successfully completed their first tour in which they performed at venues along the East Coast and through the South and Midwest. TKOM formed in the spring of 2015 and has since evolved into a larger band with piano, synths, and a horn section. Their sound shakes the foundation of traditional rock music by encompassing Jazz, Funk, and Soul musicality alongside insightful lyricism.
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Mon, Aug 12 - 8pm - $7
The Last Word Quintet is a melding of some of Chicago's finest word and music artist into an experimental combo consisting of vocalist/songwriter Al Day; performance poet / slam creator Marc Kelly Smith; pianist/songwriter/composer Bob Long; saxophonist Brian Gephart, whose talent as composer, arranger, and performer has lit up stages from New York to Monterrey; and Pulitzer nominated bassist/composer Doug Lofstrom -- all together creating a mix music, lyrics, digressions, and poetry that goes become spoken word into a new realm.
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Tue, Aug 13 - 8pm - $25
The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago with the world’s top drummers and an all-star band! Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more. Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more! Both drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling). You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end! Get your ticket here, or purchase a COMBO TICKET so that you can also get in to the August 9 show with Chad Wackerman and Gergo Borlai! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com). _____________________________________________
Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more.
Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more!
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COMBO TICKET so that you can also get in to the August 9 show with Chad Wackerman and Gergo Borlai! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).  _____________________________________________ 

 
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Fri, Aug 9 & Tue, Aug 13 - 8pm - $44 BOTH NIGHTS
The Drumming All Stars COMBO TICKET: featuring Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, Chad Wackerman, and Gergo Borlai. Also featuring Janek Gwizdala, Vinny Valentino, Chrissi Poland, and Stu Mindeman. The Drumming All Stars are back in Chicago and ONLY at Martyrs’ for these ALL AGES shows! The Combo Ticket gets you into both shows at a reduced price! Concert 1: August 9- Drumming legend Chad Wackerman is best known for the 27 albums he recorded with Frank Zappa – not to mention his work with Allan Holdsworth, Andy Summers, James Taylor, and many more! Gergo Borlai has taken the drumming world by storm with his powerful and innovative playing! Gergo regularly records/tours with Scott Kinsey, Hadrien Feraud, Al DiMeola, Vernon Reid, Mohini Dey, and many others! Concert 2: August 13- Drumming legend Dennis Chambers is one of the most iconic players of all time. He is best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Santana, Mike Stern, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many more. Legend Steve Smith is the current and longtime drummer for the iconic rock band Journey. His jazz fusion group, Vital Information, is in its 36th year touring the world. Steve is also known for his work with Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain, and more! At both shows, the drummers will play a variety of tunes with an all-star band featuring bassist Janek Gwizdala (Pat Metheny/Mike Stern), guitarist Vinny Valentino (George Benson/Vital Information), singer Chrissi Poland (Dave Weckl/Moby), and a Chicago native - keyboardist Stu Mindeman (Kurt Elling). You can expect a grand finale with both drummers at the end of both of these shows! Interested in taking classes with these instructors? They’re in town August 9-13 for Drum Fantasy Camp (www.drumfantasycamp.com).
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Wed, Aug 14 - 8pm - $12
Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Fri, Aug 16 - 9pm - $15
The remarkably eclectic world pop band Ulele is the brainchild of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Winston Damon, whose wide-ranging musical talents were previously utilized by the popular Celt-rock group the Drovers. Damon was primarily a drummer and percussionist for the Drovers, but Ulele gave him a chance to demonstrate the full range of his abilities. Adopting the stage name Stone, Damon took on frontman duties for his new band. In addition to singing lead vocals and providing percussion, he writes most of the songs and plays trombone,electric cello keyboards, flute, fife, didgereedoo, and kalimba. Ulele was founded in 1994 with Co-front Leina'ala who also sings lead vocals and plays guitar, flute and percussion. Ulele draws some musical inspiration, as well as its name (pronounced "oo-lay-lay," it means "leap into action"), from Hawaii. But their energetic, danceable sound, which makes heavy use of brass instrumentation, also draws heavily from ska, salsa, Mardi Gras/Carnival, and African influences. The band released its first album, Seed, in 1996. Harmony followed in 1999. After an extended hiatus to raise children, tend to ailing elders, and otherwise live and grow, Ulele will be releasing it's third album "Denouement" in 2019. Featuring Winston Damon (vocals, percussion, trombone, electric cello), Leina'ala Deitmeir (vocals, percussion), Steve Doyle (guitar, dobro), Tony DiMartino (drums), Larry Beers (drums), Dan Stark (trombone), Dave Ramey (trombone), Bruce Krippner (bass).
TERRIBLE SPACESHIP: It was sweeping round swiftly and steadily, this flaming death, this invisible, inevitable sword of heat. I perceived it coming towards me by the flashing bushes it touched, and was too astounded and stupefied to stir. I heard the crackle of fire in the sand pits and the sudden squeal of a horse that was as suddenly stilled. Then it was as if an invisible yet intensely heated finger were drawn through the heather between me and the Martians, and all along a curving line beyond the sand pits the dark ground smoked and crackled.
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Sat, Aug 17 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, CHEER-ACCIDENT has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, CHEER-ACCIDENT strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. The band is a quintet at its foundation, fronted by Carmen Armillas, whose powerfully emotive voice has recently led CHEER-ACCIDENT down the path of even deeper connectedness with their already-loyal audience. Presenting itself in various configurations, the band’s core personnel is frequently augmented by some of Chicago’s finest musicians. Their body of work is unparalleled in its ambition and originality, and their twolatest releases, “Fear Draws Misfortune” and “No Ifs, Ands or Dogs” (both on Cuneiform Records), demonstrate how the band continues to improve with each passing year. After their hugely successful performance at last year’s Rock In Opposition Festival in France, they are returning to Europe for several shows in July 2014, this time as a streamlined quartet: Dante Kester- bass. Jeff Libersher- guitar, vocals, trumpet. Evelyn Davis- vocals, keyboards, melodica. Thymme Jones- drums, trumpet, vocals
Bobby Conn is a Chicago musician known for his pop-rock. He often collaborates with other artists and film-maker Usama Alshaibi. In 2003, Conn produced a session for UK punk band The Cribs, whom he met when they were a support band on his UK tour. A part of that session was used on The Cribs' self-titled debut release in 2004.
Akosuen /aa-KŌZ-eh-win/ is a music and performance project by Billie Howard involving sounds that focus on breathing cycles, chronic pain, and mediation on both quiet and extremely loud sounds. The Akosuen ensemble has appeared as solo synth and voice, operatic voice and violin duet, trio playing ritual prepared piano and percussion, and a six-piece doom metal band with chorus.Akosuen recently scored the short film, Olion, which was accepted into the 2017 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival. Akosuen has also created sound installations for GAG Gallery and A Memory Palace of Fear at Silent Funny in Chicago.Akosuen has a collaborative recording with Cinchel coming out on Scripts Records in 2018.
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Sun, Aug 18 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
Lost Dog Street Band formed in the winter of 2010 after husband-and-wife duo Benjamin Tod (guitarist/vocalist) and Ashley Mae (fiddle player) parted ways with former musical project Barefoot Surrender. Originally conceived as a duet, Benjamin and Ashley quickly dedicated themselves to carrying the tradition of the American troubadour – hopping trains and hitchhiking across country while delivering their unique brand of original songwriting and tragic storytelling. In the summer of 2011, while performing on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Benjamin and Ashley met Nicholas and Shannon Ridout, two skilled musicians traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Immediately inspired by each other’s music, the two groups began writing collaboratively and soon formed the band Spit Shine. The four musicians quickly built a friendship stronger than family, and together poured their blood and sweat into the music of Spit Shine. For the next two years Lost Dog Street Band took a hiatus, until Nicholas’s tragic death in the spring of 2013. Pushing through the sorrow at the loss of their best friend, Lost Dog Street Band was resurrected with a fervency. Now doing very little street performing, Lost Dog Street Band tours the country each year, delivering their story through song in venues nationwide. In 2017 Lost Dog completed a national tour supporting The Devil Makes Three playing some of the oldest and largest theatres in America. Most recently, the group tours regularly appearing coast to coast in venues nationwide. Along the way they keep Nicholas’s work alive by sharing his music at the end of every show they play. Drawing from years of lonely tramping, and more than one tragic loss, Lost Dog Street Band has crafted a distinct sound that is best described as ‘dark country’ that never wavers from its roots and honors the traditions of its forbearers. In the same vein as country-legend Guy Clark, Benjamin Tod weaves his melodies and lyrics together to offer listeners an unapologetically raw and authentic account of the human experience. Lost Dog Street Band has since relocated from home base in Tennessee to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. They are currently homesteading eleven acres of raw land.
Matt Heckler is the fiddle player you want to believe still exists. Veering from Appalachia to Romania, Ireland to the Catskills, his music is definitively unsafe and entirely his own. The Catskills, where he grew up and the Carolina Appalachians he calls home are old mountains, but the kids there are more likely to be raised on punk than old time string bands. Heckler took both with him when he left and sharpened a distinctive sound on banjo and fiddle the scientific way, as a street performer who could measure the days artistic growth in single dollar bills. Attracting the attention of musicians, as well as passers-by, he spent half a decade touring and releasing three albums with the band Deep Chatham. Since then his room silencing solo act has become an exciting yet poorly kept secret in DIY music scenes around the country. After The Flood will be his first full-length release showcasing a songwriting ability that audiences, distracted by his casually virtuosic musicianship, might have previously overlooked. Don’t wait for his next reinvention, find Matt Heckler now and remember what music should be.
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Fri, Aug 23 - 9pm - $15
The Jacob Jolliff Band is the next generation of bluegrass supergroups, led by one of the country's premier contemporary bluegrass mandolinists. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jacob Jolliff founded beloved New England roots band Joy Kills Sorrow, while attending Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship. The band logged three records, hundreds of shows, and thousands of miles of worldwide touring. In 2012, Jolliff had the distinctive honor of being named the National Mandolin Championship winner. A fixture of the national bluegrass community, he has collaborated and shared the stage with Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and David Grisman to name a few. When Joy Kills Sorrow disbanded in 2014, Jolliff got the call to join progressive bluegrass giant Yonder Mountain String Band. The ensemble features some of the most virtuosic and innovative young pickers in the country. Jacob Jolliff continues to tour extensively with Yonder Mountain String Band year round, assembling his namesake band when his relentless touring schedules permit, for rare, not to to be missed performances.
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Sat, Sep 7 - 7pm - $12adv/$15door
Maybe April is a Country Americana group made up of Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, and Chicago, IL, they met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and had their video "Last Time" premiered on CMT. Maybe April is recognized for their harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound somewhere in between Americana and Country. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
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Thu, Sep 12 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
Mark Walker at the drums in a rare Chicago performance featuring: Victor Garcia - trumpet; John Wojciechowski - tenor sax; Jim Trompeter - keyboard; Eric Hochberg - bass; Joe Rendon – percussion. Mark Walker, a multiple Grammy winning drummer, composer and educator, began his career in Chicago in the late 1980’s. His first teacher was the “Dean of Percussion,” Roy C. Knapp who had taught Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson, among others. After gaining experience in a wide variety of settings, he became a first-call jingle session drummer/percussionist and began touring regularly with the Lyle Mays Quartet and Paquito D’Rivera’s Havana/New York Ensemble (featuring Giovanni Hidalgo and Danilo Perez) in the early 1990’s. He moved to New York in 1995 and immediately started touring with the Caribbean Jazz Project (featuring D’Rivera, Dave Samuels and Andy Narell). He soon got the gig with Michel Camilo, playing in his trio and recording projects produced by Camilo. In 1996, he began his long stint with seminal world-fusion group Oregon, featuring Ralph Towner. During this time, he also worked extensively with Eliane Elias, Linda Eder, the WDR Big Band, the NDR Big Band and Cesar Camargo Mariano, as well as local gigs with the best musicians in New York. He was also featured in Fernando Trueba’s film Calle 54 with Paquito D’Rivera. He has also performed live or recorded with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Ivan Lins, João Bosco, Steve Khan, Randy Brecker, Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Will Lee, Gil Goldstein, Dianne Schuur, Oscar Castro Neves, Salif Keita, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Jim McNeely, The Impossible Gentlemen, Sakesho, Mike Abene, Mike Mainieri, Vince Mendoza, Airto, Don Alias, Rosa Passos, Ruben Rada, Eva Allyon, Karrin Allison, Michael Philip Mossman, Guillermo Klein/Los Guachos, Bob Mintzer, Rosemary Clooney, Donna Summer, Sammy Davis Jr., Monty Alexander, Luis Conte, Alex Acuña, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra of Moscow, the Chicago Chamber Players, The National Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Roditi, Leny Andrade, Dianne Reeves, Regina Carter, Edmar Castañeda, Double Image, The Trinidad All-Stars Steel Band, Andy Narell, Eberhard Weber, Michael Manring and Bobby McFerrin.
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Sat, Nov 9 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Satsang is a power trio creating a unique blend of soul, folk-rock, and hip-hop. Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection. The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change. Satsang has toured all over the country and has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love, and many more.
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